ERIC RAVILIOUS – Baker and Confectioner, 1938
Sheet size: 230 x 145 mm
Image size: 220 x 135 mm
Edition: 2000 – Unsigned
Original colour lithograph by Eric Ravilious. Printed on wove paper at the Curwen Press. From High Street, published in 1938 by Country Life Books in an unnumbered edition of 2000 copies (according to the meticulously researched The Story of High Street by Alan Powers and James Russell, Mainstone Press, 2008). The publisher of the Country Life list was Noel Carrington, brother of the Bloomsbury artist Dora Carrington. Carrington first commissioned a text to accompany the lithographs, which Ravilious had worked on independently at Curwen during 1936 and 1937, from the journalist Hamish Miles. Miles's untimely death at the end of 1937 meant a new text had to be commissioned from Ravilious's friend J. M. Richards, deputy editor of the Architectural Review; a photocopy of Jim Richards' text relating to this lithograph will be included. The lithographic stones were destroyed by bombing in 1941. This lithograph is bright and fresh. Condition: Excellent.